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Israel police. Reuters

Israeli troops Monday shut and killed a Palestinian who wounded two border guards with a knife near an entrance to the Old City in occupied east Jerusalem, police said.

The attacker followed two officers in the early morning to a police station near Lions Gate along the old city walls and stabbed both of them, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

One of the guards was seriously injured, the other more lightly.

Family members named the dead assailant as 25-year-old Ibrahim Matar from the Jabal Mukaber area of east Jerusalem.

Rosenfeld said security forces later raided his home and that four people were arrested. Family members said they included Matar’s father.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem after the 1967 Six-Day War in a move never recognized by the international community.

A wave of violence that broke out in October 2015 has killed 255 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national, according to an Agence France Presse count.

Most of the Palestinians who lost their lives were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were killed during protests, in clashes or Israeli air raids on Gaza.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies that and says assailants have acted out of frustration over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians in peace talks that have been stalled since 2014.

Violence has greatly subsided in recent months, despite sporadic attacks.